Target Scam Gift Card Text Message

Did you get a text saying you won a Target gift card? Unfortunately, it's just a scam, but you're not alone because there are many people who received the same text. Read on for details.

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The text we received was from 4129448456, and read:

Your entry last month has WON! Go to http://www.target.com.ppdf.biz/?claimid=113 and enter your Winning Code “6655″ to claim your FREE $500 Target Giftcard!

If you look carefully at the URL, they want you to think it’s from “target.com” but actually it’s from ppdf.biz. They disguise it with target.com.ppdf.biz, but that’s not Target.com! Take a look at the whois on this domain and you’ll see that it was created just last week and is located in Panama. Still believe them?

When you visit the site, the top says it’s a $1000 gift card – not $500. If you go there and enter the code, you’ll be redirected to target.thegiftcarddeal.com. It looks official, but it’s not. Reading the fine print at the bottom reveals that it’s just another “rewards” program in which you’ll be asked to sign up for a long list of programs which will be nearly impossible to fulfill.

I suggest you read this earlier article from a similar Best Buy gift card scam, as this is an ongoing scam. And read this one which is an almost identical scam, also pretending to award Best Buy gift card.

It looks official but it's not, no matter how cute the dog is.

I tried calling the number back, only to hear a message telling me the user has not set up their voice mail. Do you think that’s a coincidence?

This site’s terms & conditions reference DailyDealFinder.com. That domain is most likely the original site from which this template was taken. DailyDealFinder.com was the subject of a March post here for a “free” iPad, based on a similar rewards program. Oddly, the Terms for this site start off:

DailyDealFinder.com
MEMBER INCENTIVE PROGRAM PARTICIPATION TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

Last Modified October 15, 2009

Bottom Line
There is no $500 or $1000 Target gift card to be “won” by anyone. It’s a “rewards” program that’s nearly impossible to complete and not even worth the time you’ve spent reading this. Ignore ‘em!

Did you receive a text for this offer? Please post the URL and phone number below to help us alert others!

Below is the updated list, supplied mostly by readers of this article in the comments below. I’ll update it as often as possible. Thanks so much to those who have contributed.

  • 206-910-0980
  • 215-275-4413
  • 229-520-8674
  • 229-848-1905
  • 240-393-8261
  • 307-213-0591
  • 307-213-0978
  • 307-213-0984
  • 307-213-0997
  • 310-266-5208
  • 310-266-5298
  • 310-266-3419
  • 310-266-5298
  • 310-741-8903
  • 310-795-0162
  • 310-795-0762
  • 310-854-9347
  • 315-289-5839
  • 315-289-6252
  • 315-706-2481
  • 321-230-5136
  • 321-547-9833
  • 347-244-3829
  • 347-254-0339
  • 347-392-9830
  • 347-407-1428
  • 347-820-3932
  • 347-989-6017
  • 360-362-3404
  • 360-362-6373
  • 360-674-6201
  • 385-218-1864
  • 385-227-6728
  • 407-413-0796
  • 407-491-9664
  • 407-497-5943
  • 410-336-8933
  • 410-624-8650
  • 412-304-2882
  • 412-354-0906
  • 412-576-0237
  • 412-736-2639
  • 412-944-8456
  • 414-573-7585
  • 425-354-8797
  • 425-877-6685
  • 440-522-0461
  • 440-522-1010
  • 440-522-4790
  • 443-240-8315
  • 443-240-8635
  • 443-963-8834
  • 470-216-0614
  • 470-774-1105
  • 470-774-1642
  • 502-292-8313
  • 502-315-9502
  • 502-424-5683
  • 502-554-4752
  • 502-718-8313
  • 504-406-2664
  • 540-406-1865
  • 540-406-7768
  • 571-528-2696
  • 614-787-0125
  • 614-787-0189
  • 614-787-0471
  • 614-787-0490
  • 615-268-3060
  • 615-268-4163
  • 646-283-8925
  • 646-709-3752
  • 704-898-4794
  • 704-898-5206
  • 704-964-1476
  • 714-227-1117
  • 714-227-6261
  • 716-207-4979
  • 716-208-4499
  • 716-208-4641
  • 716-208-5015
  • 716-256-8630
  • 716-380-5289
  • 716-380-6517
  • 716-435-7658
  • 720-459-2696
  • 720-648-6072
  • 725-435-7654
  • 814-483-1113
  • 816-223-5403
  • 816-835-3639
  • 817-718-6958
  • 817-731-5236
  • 818-298-2341
  • 857-206-4465
  • 901-262-3678
  • 901-268-5643
  • 901-351-8233
  • 901-485-4840
  • 901-828-1294
  • 901-833-2463
  • 901-834-8547
  • 904-607-3303
  • 917-683-7104
  • 917-753-7285
  • 951-231-5870
  • 980-298-2029
  • 980-329-3768

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Variations of the website used:

  • claim.winningtexts.net
  • www.target.com.bbcp.biz
  • www.target.com.bswz.biz
  • www.target.com.gpck.biz
  • www.target.com.khhd.biz
  • www.target.com.llwd.biz
  • www.target.com.rdfa.biz
  • www.target.com.rdfg.biz
  • www.target.com.tbgt.biz
  • www.target.com.tbgz.biz
  • www.target.com.tzdy.biz
  • www.target.com.thhd.biz
I’ve also seen target.myrewards2go.com with a similar “offer” though it’s unclear whether or not these are related. What is certain is that it is yet another “rewards” offer which requires you and your friends to sign up – so it’s not really “free” either.

A similar “service” out there is 100CardNow.com which is hooked in with OnlineRewardsClub.com. This is a similar, if not related, “rewards” program which requires your participation in 13 “sponsor offers.”

Note: Other known “promotions’ by this same company (that you should avoid) include:

Best Buy – bestbuy.thegiftcarddeal.com (read more)
Disney – disney.thegiftcarddeal.com
iPad2 – iPad2.thegiftcarddeal.com
iPhone5 – iphone5.thegiftcarddeal.com
Starbucks – starbucks.thegiftcarddeal.com
Subway – subway.thegiftcarddeal.com
Target – target.thegiftcarddeal.com
Victoria’s Secret – victoriassecret.thegiftcarddeal.com
Walmart – walmart.thegiftcarddeal.com

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1478 Comments on Target Scam Gift Card Text Message

  1. From: 716-256-8710

    Congratulations, your entry in last month’s drawing WON you a FREE $1,000 Target Giftcard! Enter “6655″ at http://www.target.com.ppdf.biz/ to claim it NOW!

    Received: Saturday Jun 30, 10:22 PM

  2. Teka MacNees // July 5, 2013 at 7:31 pm // Reply

    I have breen taking the garcinia cambogia fotr a little over 2 weeks ans the only side effects I have experienced was a headace ans nausea today. Other than that I love it!! I personally already lost 14 pounds, and it is visable as well!!

  3. I was trying to go to targets page and this site showed up instead…http://www.target.com.0cssh7k.info/k.php

  4. There’s the risk of identity theft in a lot of these situations if people are giving their personal and private information over the phone thinking that they’re going to sign up for this free cruise. And keep this in mind, should you be tempted: The cruise is not free, that’s right, there are taxes and fees. And you may have to sit through a timeshare sales presentation before you can get on the ship, if there’s a cruise at all. The BBB has already received more than a thousand complaints about this sort of scam. Fraud experts say you should always be suspicious when you’re offered a prize to take a survey. I don’t know of any legitimate political poll that does this.

  5. I known this was a scam the moment I read it because, I didn’t enter a drawing. I have received a message from phone number 307-213-0838 say; Your entry in last months drawing won you a FREE $1,000 Targ Giftcard! Enter “0504″ at target.com.dtarg.com so we known where to ship it.

  6. Shira Nahari // September 8, 2013 at 9:47 pm // Reply

    I want to report receiving a message from phone number 360-4737-754 saying; “Your entry in last months drawing won you a FREE $500 Target Gift card! Enter this number at target.com.dtarg.com.biz so we known where to ship it.”

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